There are also three club options attached to the extension, which give the Pirates the ability to keep Tabata from becoming a free agent until after the 2019 season. Those options total $22.5 million. There is a $250,000 buyout attached to each option.
"These contracts are about shared risk -- in our case, the guaranteed dollars, in Jose's case, the risk of leaving money on the table," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "It's about compromise."
The 23-year-old Tabata is hitting .267 with 14 doubles, four home runs, 15 stolen bases, 44 runs scored and 17 RBI in 75 games this year with the Pirates. Tabata made his Major League debut last year on June 9 and hit .299 with 21 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 35 RBI, 61 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 102 games. Following the All-Star break he produced a .322 average, which ranked seventh among all National League hitters and 93 hits, which ranked second in the league behind Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.
"I like Pittsburgh," Tabata said. "I like the city. I like the people. I want to stay here for a long time."